## Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

*Oliver Johns*

- Published in print:
- 2005
- Published Online:
- January 2010
- ISBN:
- 9780198567264
- eISBN:
- 9780191717987
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567264.001.0001
- Subject:
- Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This book provides an innovative and mathematically sound treatment of the foundations of analytical mechanics and the relation of classical mechanics to relativity and quantum theory. A ... More

## Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

*Michael Munowitz*

- Published in print:
- 2006
- Published Online:
- September 2007
- ISBN:
- 9780195167375
- eISBN:
- 9780199787104
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.001.0001
- Subject:
- Physics, History of Physics

This book interprets the book of nature for curious readers of all sorts, but especially for those looking to appreciate the power and beauty of physics without having to grapple with the ... More

## Intertheoretic Relations—Mechanics

*Robert W. Batterman*

### in The Devil in the Details: Asymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and Emergence

- Published in print:
- 2001
- Published Online:
- November 2003
- ISBN:
- 9780195146479
- eISBN:
- 9780199833078
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/0195146476.003.0007
- Subject:
- Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses limiting correspondence relations between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics. The semiclassical limit is singular and no reductive relation obtains between these two ... More

## Hamilton–Jacobi Theory

*Oliver Johns*

### in Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

- Published in print:
- 2005
- Published Online:
- January 2010
- ISBN:
- 9780198567264
- eISBN:
- 9780191717987
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567264.003.0019
- Subject:
- Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

The Hamilton-Jacobi theory is the apotheosis of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics: action functions encode all of the possible trajectories of a mechanical system satisfying certain criteria. ... More

## Three-Part Invention

*Michael Munowitz*

### in Knowing: The Nature of Physical Law

- Published in print:
- 2006
- Published Online:
- September 2007
- ISBN:
- 9780195167375
- eISBN:
- 9780199787104
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0004
- Subject:
- Physics, History of Physics

The Moon — caught in an exact balance of attractive and repulsive forces — orbits the Earth with flawless regularity, never faltering. A ball rolls predictably down a slope of a certain grade, always ... More

## PATH INTEGRALS IN PHASE SPACE

*Jean Zinn-Justin*

### in Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics

- Published in print:
- 2004
- Published Online:
- January 2010
- ISBN:
- 9780198566748
- eISBN:
- 9780191717994
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566748.003.0010
- Subject:
- Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter contains a few additional results such as a definition of path integrals over phase space trajectories, and the problems generated by the quantization of lagrangians with potentials ... More

## Action-minimizing Methods in Hamiltonian Dynamics (MN-50): An Introduction to Aubry-Mather Theory

*Alfonso Sorrentino*

- Published in print:
- 2015
- Published Online:
- October 2017
- ISBN:
- 9780691164502
- eISBN:
- 9781400866618
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691164502.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

John Mather's seminal works in Hamiltonian dynamics represent some of the most important contributions to our understanding of the complex balance between stable and unstable motions in classical ... More

## Classical Mechanics

*Jeffrey A. Barrett*

### in The Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

- Published in print:
- 2019
- Published Online:
- July 2020
- ISBN:
- 9780198844686
- eISBN:
- 9780191889196
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/oso/9780198844686.003.0001
- Subject:
- Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

While quantum mechanics is one of the most successful physical theories we have ever had, it is deeply counterintuitive. It must be given the empirical evidence it explains. We consider some of the ... More

## The problem of polyatomic molecules

*CARLO CERCIGNANI*

### in Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms

- Published in print:
- 2006
- Published Online:
- January 2010
- ISBN:
- 9780198570646
- eISBN:
- 9780191717949
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570646.003.0008
- Subject:
- Physics, History of Physics

Polyatomic molecules created difficulties in kinetic theory from the start, with the problem of thermal capacities or specific heats. If the problem of specific heats was initially solved with the ... More

## Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

*Oliver Johns*

- Published in print:
- 2011
- Published Online:
- December 2013
- ISBN:
- 9780191001628
- eISBN:
- 9780191775161
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780191001628.001.0001
- Subject:
- Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This book provides an innovative and mathematically sound treatment of the foundations of analytical mechanics, and of the relation of classical mechanics to relativity and quantum theory. A ... More

## Theories in History and Practice

*Steven French*

### in There Are No Such Things As Theories

- Published in print:
- 2020
- Published Online:
- April 2020
- ISBN:
- 9780198848158
- eISBN:
- 9780191882715
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/oso/9780198848158.003.0008
- Subject:
- Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This eliminativist view must immediately face the concern that scientists themselves appear to be committed to the existence of theories. They talk about them, apparently refer to them, argue that ... More

## What is this Book About?

*M. Suhail Zubairy*

### in Quantum Mechanics for Beginners: with applications to quantum communication and quantum computing

- Published in print:
- 2020
- Published Online:
- June 2020
- ISBN:
- 9780198854227
- eISBN:
- 9780191888649
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/oso/9780198854227.003.0001
- Subject:
- Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter begins with a brief history of how classical mechanics evolved into quantum mechanics. Next a bird’s-eye view of the basic aspects of quantum mechanics and its applications is given. In ... More

## Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics

*Peter Mann*

- Published in print:
- 2018
- Published Online:
- August 2018
- ISBN:
- 9780198822370
- eISBN:
- 9780191861253
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/oso/9780198822370.001.0001
- Subject:
- Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This book explores the fascinating subject of classical mechanics, which is the pinnacle of nineteenth-century physics, from a fresh and exciting viewpoint. With its foundations laid down in ancient ... More

## Newton, Laplace, and Determinism

*David P. Feldman*

### in Chaos and Fractals: An Elementary Introduction

- Published in print:
- 2012
- Published Online:
- December 2013
- ISBN:
- 9780199566433
- eISBN:
- 9780191774966
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566433.003.0009
- Subject:
- Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter discusses a few of the central, but sometimes unspoken, scientific ideas or assumptions about the world. It first looks at the character of Newtonian physics and classical mechanics by ... More

## The Classical Connection

*John A. Adam*

### in Rays, Waves, and Scattering: Topics in Classical Mathematical Physics

- Published in print:
- 2017
- Published Online:
- May 2018
- ISBN:
- 9780691148373
- eISBN:
- 9781400885404
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- DOI:
- 10.23943/princeton/9780691148373.003.0015
- Subject:
- Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

This chapter discusses the relationship between the elegance of the classical Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics and optics. In physics, action is a mathematical functional which ... More

## Introduction

*Robert H. Swendsen*

### in An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

- Published in print:
- 2019
- Published Online:
- February 2020
- ISBN:
- 9780198853237
- eISBN:
- 9780191887703
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/oso/9780198853237.003.0001
- Subject:
- Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The introduction gives the plan of the book and guides the reader to the main points. The book is divided into four parts: Part I provides a complete derivation of the entropy of the ideal gas, a ... More

## Complexity and Emergence

*A. R. P. Rau*

### in The Beauty of Physics: Patterns, Principles, and Perspectives

- Published in print:
- 2014
- Published Online:
- December 2014
- ISBN:
- 9780198709916
- eISBN:
- 9780191780189
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709916.003.0008
- Subject:
- Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

At each level of hierarchy, especially in the relevant energies for the phenomena under study, various concepts and entities of physics emerge. While reducible to other levels that are smaller in ... More

## Hamilton-Jacobi Theory

*Peter Mann*

### in Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics

- Published in print:
- 2018
- Published Online:
- August 2018
- ISBN:
- 9780198822370
- eISBN:
- 9780191861253
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/oso/9780198822370.003.0019
- Subject:
- Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter focuses on Liouville’s theorem and classical statistical mechanics, deriving the classical propagator. The terms ‘phase space volume element’ and ‘Liouville operator’ are defined and an ... More

## Lagrangians

*Tom Lancaster and Stephen J. Blundell*

### in Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur

- Published in print:
- 2014
- Published Online:
- June 2014
- ISBN:
- 9780199699322
- eISBN:
- 9780191779435
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699322.003.0002
- Subject:
- Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter provides a formulation of classical mechanics, which is suitable for a quantum upgrade. The chapter then talks about functionals and Lagrangians.

## Applied Computational Physics

*Joseph F. Boudreau and Eric. S. Swanson*

- Published in print:
- 2017
- Published Online:
- February 2018
- ISBN:
- 9780198708636
- eISBN:
- 9780191858598
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/oso/9780198708636.001.0001
- Subject:
- Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Applied Computational Physics describes methods for solving a vast array of classical and quantum mechanical scientific problems while stressing modern computational paradigms for achieving these ... More